I would really rate this hotel a 2.5 rather than a 3 star property. It is suitable for a short time visit and you should not expect any frills while here. The hotel has no A/C, so if you heat up, ask the front desk for a fan. Only 1 window opens in your room, so there is not much of a breeze. The facility is in dire need of major renos. The lobby is dated with VERY OLD leather furniture. The elevator is good for 1 person with 1 piece of luggage. The front desk people, although not very friendly, were most helpful. The business area was located in a small hallway and there was 1 computer available. Walking down a few steps you arrive in the bar. Another small staircase takes you to the "breakfast room"( breakfast runs 6.5 to 9.5 pounds). Off that room is a small outdoor terrace where you can drink or smoke, or do both. We enjoyed the terrace after a long day of sight seeing, but after the first night, I noticed a number of large black boxes which I later discovered were RAT TRAPS! Needless to say, we took our breakfast off the property at The Blackbird down the street. We were in a king "suite" on the first floor (room 61) It was a large room with a 2 seat sofa and 2 overstuffed chairs. We had a small flat screen and small bar fridge. Our bed was very well used (old) and did not give us a good nights' sleep. The bathroom was the smallest I've ever seen EVER. My husband attempted to shower but the stall was so small that once in the shower, he couldn't get the door closed while he was in it! It is an interesting neighbourhood. As this is a smoke free hotel, you must have your smoke outside of the main entrance. Here I encountered a great amount of foot traffic as there is a youth hostel at the end of the street. Along with the youth, I also encountered a number of homeless people requesting money and food. As we were there for 5 nites, I actually had the same people "hitting me up" every night. If you are there on a Saturday night it can be quite LOUD as the park across the street turns into party central for youth that BBQ and drink into the wee hours of the morning.
The only good thing I can say about this hotel is that the location is good. You are close to the Earlscourt tube station and a number of rather nice restaurants that are not very expensive. There is a Marks & Spensers at the end of the street for all your needs, and several take away places (if you are doing your vacation on the cheap) There is even a Burger King that does "Whopper Wednesday" specials. I would not stay here again, but if you are looking for a less pricey place in London (if one exisits) this would be for you. The top room goes for 185 pounds, but I really don't know how they would justify that charge given the lack of extras. Oh yes, there is no fitness facilities either. This is not a quaint nor charming hotel, it's just plain OLD. If you do stay here, I hope you have lots of patience and a good sense of humour, you'll need it! less